Gov. Andrew Cuomo “can no longer serve as governor” following the latest bombshell accusation that he reached under the blouse of a female aide and groped her while they were alone in the executive mansion, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.
“It’s deeply troubling. The specific allegation that the governor called an employee of his — someone who he had power over — called them to a private place and then sexually assaulted her, is absolutely unacceptable. It is disgusting to me,” the mayor said during his daily press COVID-19 briefing.
“He can no longer serve as governor anymore. It’s as simple as that,” the mayor.
Cuomo on Wednesday denied the report of groping incident in the Times Union described by a source close to the sixth accuser.
“I have never done anything like this. The details of this report are gut-wrenching,” Cuomo said.
But de Blasio said the number of women accusing Cuomo of misconduct and harassment are piling up.
“it’s not one, it’s not 2, it’s not 3, it’s not 4, it’s not 5. It’s 6 women coming forward,” said de Blasio.
For good measure, the mayor mentioned the equally troubling nursing home scandal engulfing Cuomo. Federal investigators are looking at whether Cuomo and his team deliberately low-balled the reporting of nursing home residents killed by the coronavirus.
“So many people died in nursing homes. We don’t have the truth about that,.” de Blasio said.
De Blasio — who has feuded with Cuomo for years — also mentioned reports of a cover-up of safety woes during the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, named after Andrew Cuomo’s dad, former three-term Gov. Mario Cuomo.
De Blasio’s comments that Cuomo is tainted beyond repair came after more than 55 Democratic state legislators called for the governor to resign.
Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie issued a statement saying that he would hold a private meeting with fellow Democrats later in the day “on potential paths forward” regarding Cuomo’s future.